Guide to costs and planning permission for a two storey extension

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Two storey extension above by Neil, an architect on Design for Me. View his full profile and shortlist him for your project here   A two storey extension can be a cost effective way of gaining maximum floorspace for your property, without eating too much into your garden. It will also mean that your house… Read more »

A short guide to conversions – change of use to residential

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Finding plots in London and other major UK cities With empty plots of land being difficult and often very expensive to come by, it’s no wonder that many self-builders and renovators instead convert an existing building into their dream home, applying for a change of use to residential. This is particularly of interest in the UK’s… Read more »

Do I need planning permission for a garden room?

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Do I need planning permission for a garden room? Garden rooms or buildings do not require planning permission, if they fall within permitted development guidelines. To classify as an ‘outbuilding’ under permitted development rules, it must not contain sleeping accommodation and must be single storey with a maximum eaves height of 2.5m. There are a few… Read more »

Do I need an architect for an extension?

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Above projects from architectural designers on designforme.com – click on the image to see their full profile and shortlist them for your project. Do I need an architect? If you feel your project is very simple and straightforward, and perhaps you’ve found that you don’t require planning permission, you might ask: do I need an architect… Read more »

Can architects work remotely?

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Computer generated images like the one above can help communicate ideas digitally. By Sapna, architect from Glasgow City. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.   We are getting a lot of questions from homeowners at the moment about the impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) along the lines of: ‘Can architects… Read more »

Can garden designers work remotely?

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Image by Simon, garden designer from East Hampshire, South East. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.   Never before have our gardens been more important than now, and thankfully Spring has already brought us some sunshine. Now is a perfect time to turn your attention to home life and… Read more »

Can interior designers work remotely?

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Image above by Kivia, interior designer from London. Click here to see more and shortlist them for your home project.    In light of social distancing measures required during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis, many of our users are asking us whether now is a good time to start planning an interior design project. Can interior designers… Read more »

Managing Your Finances: 5 Steps for a Stress-Free Landscaping Project

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Image source   People make changes to their home’s exteriors for numerous reasons. Perhaps, one may want to update its looks, or maybe they’re considering the increase of their property’s value before selling or leasing it. Nonetheless, these changes usually require a large sum of money and tend to be very expensive. If unprepared, these… Read more »

Small architecture firms

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Extension above by Prue, architectural designer from Barnet, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. Should you go small? Finding a design professional for your project, particularly if you’ve never embarked on a building project before, can be overwhelming.  For private home projects such as extensions, renovations and self-builds, small architecture… Read more »

Loft conversion plans – where to start?

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Extension design above by Eddy, architect from Westminster, London. See more and shortlist them for your home project here. Our complete guide for your loft conversion plans A loft conversion is one of the most cost-effective and convenient ways to increase space in your home. One of the major advantage is that the work can… Read more »